Mattie Woodruff was given time to decide if she wanted to be a Blue Raider.
She didn’t need much of it.
The Riverdale junior infielder recently became the latest District 7-AAA softball standout to commit to Middle Tennessee State University.
“I knew this is where I wanted to go,” said Woodruff, who is slated to play shortstop at MTSU. “It felt like the right place to go.”
Commitments are non-binding for both the athlete and the school. Woodruff cannot sign until unt the November 2014 signing period.
MTSU softball coach Jeff Breeden, who won nine straight District 7-AAA titles during his tenure at Riverdale before joining the college ranks, now has college commitments from four Rutherford County players.
Smyrna ace Makenzie Prince and Riverdale pitcher/infielder Kristin Uselton will be part of the 2014 signing class. Blackman utility player Kirstyn Cuccia and Woodruff are part of the 2015 class.
And former Oakland standout catcher Aubrey Crowell signed with MTSU this year.
Coffee County junior Bricen Hunt, a pitcher, has also committed to MTSU and will also be part of the 2015 signing class.
“I know that going there I’ll know a lot of them,” Woodruff said. “I’m already close to some of the players. That’s something I can look forward to.”
Woodruff is the second from her family to play at MTSU. Older sister Kelsey Woodruff played at MTSU in 2011 and 2012. She also played for Breeden at Riverdale. Mattie Woodruff played one year at Riverdale for Breeden before he left for MTSU and current coach Christy Bingham replaced him
“I wanted to stay close to home and play for (Breeden),” Mattie Woodruff said. “Knowing that Kelsey went there, it’s nice to follow in her footsteps.”
Mattie Woodruff hit .345 for the Lady Warriors, who finished District 7-AAA runner-up and reached the TSSAA Class AAA state tournament. She also had 14 doubles, two home runs and drove in 34 runs.
However, Mattie Woodruff is better known for her defensive range at shortstop. She is one of the top defensive infielders in 7-AAA.